Zombies are like garlic, you can never have enough of either

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I've subscribed to an epistolary novel, which may be of interest to readers of this blog.  It is titled Ora et Labora et Zombies.  Ora et labora (pray and work) is a motto of the Benedictine monks; et Zombies is where the plot kicks in.The story is set in the present day.  There has been some kind of cataclysm, and our protagonist has retreated with his son to a Benedictine monastery.  His wife was out of town as the crisis broke, so he is writing letters to her, in hopes that she will make i … [Read more...]

Sic ‘em (politely and constructively)!

Tony Jones blogs for Patheos at Theoblogy and he's put out an open call for tough questions for Christians. Quoth he: I’m not afraid of doubt. I, myself, am a doubter. But I consider a large part of my vocation as a Christian theologian to proffer intellectually honest answers to the big questions of faith.So this series is for everyone who doubts. It’s for your friends who are agnostic and atheistic. It’s a place for them to email me a question, and get an honest answer — even if the answer … [Read more...]

A Mormon Perspective on Interrogating Emotions

It's a guest post by Michael Haycock!  He blogs aperiodically at Not a Tame Lion, and helped clear up factual questions about Romney's priesthood along with more abstract questions about Mormon theology of priesthood the last time he guestblogged here.  Now he's popping in to talk about conversions than win over hearts as well as minds in the light of a recent On the Square piece.It is a typical indictment of Mormon proselytization and practice that it’s all predicated on untrustworthy or … [Read more...]

The Epistemological Weight of Warm Fuzzies

I was reading an On the Square post from a Mormon to Catholic convert and was struck by the way he described his enounter with grace: Early in the evening of May 28, 2010, I am attending Mass in the majestic Basilica di Sant’Apollinare next to the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome. From Utah I have come as a scholar to deliver a paper at an international conference on the work of the great Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand, and I have come as a tourist to see the Et … [Read more...]

If you can’t take the heat… once more with feeling

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Can I interest you in a musical theatre illustration of my point from earlier today?I'm quite fond of the song "I'm Not Afraid of Anything" from Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World, and I've embedded a nice performance of it below.Here, as in most cases when I've seen the song performed, the actress ends the song in a place of vulnerability.  The last line "Cause, after all, I'm not afraid" is pretty clearly a lie, and the character is at least a little aware it's a lie.  It's … [Read more...]

If you can’t take the heat, turn into a tardigrade!

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" is a quote that is frequently attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt (without sourcing). I found it for the first time while I was in middle school in a Dear Abby column and adopted it as a mantra until some point in college.  This can be a helpful coping strategy, especially in middle school, but I was definitely too enthused about it.I flashed back to my younger self when I read Ted Seeber's comment on my post about the campaign against Jen … [Read more...]

Ave atque vale, Jen McCreight

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After enduring a coordinated, relentless campaign of harassment, Jen McCreight of Blag Hag is done.  She's just posted her farewell message at Freethought Blogs. I love writing, I love sharing my ideas, and I love listening to the ideas of my readers. But I simply no longer love blogging. Instead of feeling gleeful anticipation when writing up a post, I feel nothing but dread. There a group of people out there (google the ironic term FtBullies to find them) devoted to hating me, my friends, and … [Read more...]


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